USC Set For 2010 NCAA Championships

March 24, 2010

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The No. 13 USC men's swimming team, led by seniors James Martin and Zoltan Povazsay and Pac-10 champions Clement Lefert and Harrison Jones, will compete in the 2010 NCAA Championships, Thursday through Saturday (March 25-28), at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Prelims begin each day at noon (EDT) with finals beginning at 7 p.m.

USC, owner of nine NCAA team titles (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977), has won a combined 112 NCAA titles, including 94 individually and 18 on relays ... USC has won at least one NCAA title in six of the past nine seasons ... USC features one returning All-American in sophomore Harrison Jones, who earned his honors on 1-meter and platform last season. Jones also scored on 3-meter as a consolation finalist. Junior diver Steven Starks is USC's only other returning individual point scorer. He scored as a consolation finalist on platform last year, scoring individually for the second year in a row ... Senior Zoltan Povazsay was an All-American (on a relay) as a freshman at West Virginia in 2007 ... Among the Trojans making their NCAA debuts will be senior co-captain James Martin. Long one of USC's hardest workers, his efforts have been rewarded with a trip to the NCAAs.

USC claimed titles in the 200y free, the 800y free relay and on 1-meter springboard at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships. The quartet of freshman Clement Lefert, sophomore Patrick White and seniors James Martin and Zoltan Povazsay won USC's first 800y free title since 2002 with a time of 6:19.17. The time was less than two seconds off the school record, but Lefert's opening 200 yards of 1:33.67 broke USC's school record of 1:33.87 in the 200y free set by Bela Szabados in 1999 ... Lefert went under Szabados' time again en route to a 200y free title, winning in 1:33.75. He edged White, who took second in 1:34.52. Sophomore Harrison Jones won the 1-meter springboard, claiming USC's first springboard title since 1999 ... Junior Dillon Connolly took third in the 100y breast in 52.73, breaking the USC record of 52.92. He was also eighth in the 200y breast... Richard Charlesworth took third in the 1650y free while Lefert and White finished 2-3 in the 500y free. Lefert was also fourth in the 200y fly and White was seventh in the 100y free, giving each swimmer three finals appearances ... Other strong performances included a fifth by sophomore Jeff Daniels in the 100y free, a sixth from Steven Starks on platform, a sixth from Martin on the 400y IM, a seventh from freshman Nick Karpov in the 100y back and an eighth from freshman Alex Lendrum in the 200y back.

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